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School board extends superintendent contract

Hillsboro school board members voted 6-1 last week to extend Superintendent Mike Scott’s contract one year, through June 30, 2017. Board member Erik Seligman cast the dissenting vote, citing the fact that the district has two elementary schools (W.L. Henry and Lincoln Street) that are ranked among the lowest in the state, according to Oregon Department of Education Report Cards released yearly.

Scott has been superintendent since 2009. He has refused salary increases until this school year. His annual salary is just over $175,000.

More new principals named in Hillsboro

The Hillsboro School District last week announced another round of administrative changes as the 2013-14 school year wrapped up.

Audrea Neville has been named the new principal at Patterson Elementary School. She takes over for Jonathan Pahukula, who has accepted a job as principal of the Kamehameha Schools in Maui. Neville moves from Poynter Middle School, where she was assistant principal.

The assistant principal at Poynter next year will be Stan Esselstrom, who has been the principal at Miller Education Center for the past nine years.

Justin Welch was named principal at McKinney Elementary School. He is currently principal at Midas Creek Elementary School in West Jordan, Utah.

Brooke Nova, college and career counselor at Glencoe High School, has been selected as the district’s new college and career coordinator.

Three awarded scholarships

Three Hillsboro graduates were among 65 Oregon and southwest Washington students awarded $1,000 “Comcast Leaders and Achievers” scholarships by the Comcast Foundation.

Eddie Chavez from Hillsboro High School, Hao Pham from Century High School and Jesse Rojo from Glencoe High School were among the winners.

Scholarships are awarded to students who strive to achieve their potential, are catalysts for positive change in their communities, are involved in their schools, and who serve as models for fellow students.

Century grad earns ROTC scholarship

Andrew D. Scott has received an Air Force ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) scholarship. He is a 2014 graduate of Century High School and will attend University of Portland.

The scholarship includes tuition and fees, an annual allowance of $600 for textbooks and a monthly stipend for up to 10 months of each school year.

Upon graduation and completion of the ROTC program, Scott receives a bachelor’s degree and a commission as a second lieutenant in the Air Force. All ROTC students incur a military service obligation of four years (10 years for pilots), which is fulfilled by serving on active duty.

Scott is the son of J.D. and Renee Scott of Hillsboro.

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